Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Inaugural NTFB Harvest Kickoff Reception

Co-chairs Kristi Bare and Nancy Gopez welcomed more than seventy-five host committee members and sponsors for a cocktail reception to celebrate Harvest presented by VHA, a new fundraising event benefiting The North Texas Food Bank.
Harvest co-chairs Kristi Bare, Nancy Gopez
 Hosted by Place at Perry’s, partygoers mingled while enjoying wine and a delicious cocktail buffet. Midway through the evening, Bare and Gopez welcomed guests and thanked the many sponsors to date, as well as the event’s honorary co-chairs Janet and Phil Cobb, Ruthie and Jay Pack, and Katherine and Eric Reeves.
Harvest honorary co-chairs Katherine and Eric Reeves
 Bare and Gopez shared details of the upcoming September 19 fundraiser, including the site for the event, the newly renovated Dallas Farmers Market. Guests at Harvest will enjoy cocktails, food stations from some of Dallas’ favorite chefs and restaurants under the leadership of renowned chef Sharon Hague, entertainment by DJ Lucy Wrubel, silent and live auctions, wine auction and more. A highlight of the evening will be the recognition of five “Golden Fork” recipients, an annual award that honors five local philanthropists who have made a significant impact in the pursuit of a hunger-free community.
Kristin Schwope, Lora Farris, Jasmin Holmstrup
Scott and Amy Houdek
At the reception, Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of The North Texas Food Bank, added her thanks to the many supporters of the fundraiser and spoke about the important programs that would benefit from the proceeds of the inaugural Harvest: Food 4 Kids provides backpacks full of nonperishable, kid-friendly food for chronically hungry elementary-age children to take home on Fridays during the school year; School Pantry, puts healthful, shelf-stable food and fresh produce into the hands of children and families once a month through partnerships with public and charter schools; Nourishing Neighbors, a new Food Bank initiative addressing hunger among the 'silver tsunami,' the growing numbers of senior adults who find themselves in need and The Main Program, provides access to 62 million+ healthful meals to 262 Partner Agencies in 13 North Texas counties, including pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
Tiffany Divis, Elizabeth Gambrell, Diana Hamilton
Jonas and Nicole Woods
 Harvest kick-off event attendees included: honorary chairs Janet and Phil Cobb and Katherine and Eric Reeves; event co-chairs Kristi Bare and Nancy Gopez; Jan Pruitt, president and CEO, The North Texas Food Bank; Tiffany and Paul Divis; Katy and Lawrence Bock; Claire and Dwight Emanuelson; Jennifer and Ron Robinson; Elizabeth Gambrell; Kris Johnson; Diana Hamilton; Heather and Malcolm Hicks; Carol and Peter York; Reggie and John McFarland; Leslie and Lucian LaBarba; Nicole and Jonas Woods; and Amy and Scott Houdek.
Justin Whitman and our own Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, RSVP Calendar Founder
  Harvest presented by VHA will take place on Friday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the
newly renovated Dallas Farmers Market. Tickets are $200 each; sponsorships begin at $500. For more information, visit

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